Tokyo, Japan: Sikyong Penpa Tsering began his official visit to Japan today by addressing the All-Party Japanese Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet at the Japanese parliament building in Tokyo.
Highlighting the serious situation in Tibet, Sikyong expressed concern about the state of Tibetan culture, adding that it was slowly dying under the Chinese government’s repressive policies.
He said the biggest threat to Tibet is the Chinese government’s boarding schools in Tibet, where he forcibly separated 80% of children from the age of 3 from their families and roots cultural.
“Tibetan children are forced to learn Chinese language instead of Tibetan and its propaganda in order to change their minds so that there will be no Tibetan in 15 to 20 years,” Sikyong said.
He further briefed Japanese lawmakers on the cultural genocide taking place in Tibet and the vehement implementation of policies aimed at erasing the cultural and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people.
He called on parliamentarians and the Japanese government to use their influence to encourage the UNHCR to publish a report on Tibet like the report on Xinjiang.
Another major concern highlighted by Sikyong was the accelerating climate change in Tibet, while recalling that Tibet’s environmental concerns are not limited to Tibetans alone, but concern the entire Asian subcontinent, given of Asia’s 1.8 billion people who depend on fresh water from the ten major rivers flowing from Tibet.
He called on the Japanese government to make clear the importance of Tibet’s environment and the adverse impact of climate change in Tibet on Asia and the whole world in international platforms like the COP and in their bilateral meetings and multilateral.
Courteously inviting Japanese parliamentarians to visit Dharamshala and meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sikyong spoke of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s extraordinary leadership in ushering in democracy in the year following his exile under extremely difficult circumstances.
“Today we have a fully functioning democratic system in the Tibetan community,” Sikyong remarked proudly and hailed Japan’s growing engagement with democratic countries like the United States and India through groupings. like QUAD and AUKUS to promote their common values like democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
Furthermore, he expressed genuine hope for the continued support of the Japanese government to help the welfare of Tibetans in exile through ODA.
Sikyong also expressed special gratitude to the Indian government for supporting the Tibetan cause over the past decades.
Concluding his first official speech in Japan, Sikyong Penpa Tsering urged the international community to uphold the historical fact about Tibet as scrupulously detailed in Michale van Walt van Praag’s Tibet Brief 20/20.
“Based on the findings recorded in Michale’s book, the US Congress held a hearing on expert testimony on the historical status of Tibet and proposed legislation saying Tibet is an unresolved conflict. Despite these historic findings, we are still committed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way policy, which is based on a pragmatic approach taking into account the reality of the situation inside Tibet,” Sikyong said. .
On a special note, Sikyong offered his prayers and condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, informing them of the resolution recently passed by the Tibetan Parliament to remember his longstanding support for the Tibetan cause.
Sikyong will deliver a statue of Tara sent by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the family of the late Mr. Abe.
In her address, Ms. Sakurai Yoshiko, chairwoman of Japan’s leading think tank, said China’s policy of deliberately eradicating the culture, language and religion of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongolia as well is unacceptable. She assured Japan’s continued support for Tibet.
Mr. Shimomura Hakubun, Chairman of the Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet, said that the issue of Tibet was of the same concern while offering to do what is necessary by his country to strengthen the preservation of cultural, linguistic and religious identity. of the Tibetan struggle.